Pandya scored 30 runs off Ashok Dinda’s last over.
RPS started with a new dawn to their IPL 2017 season under the helm of Steve Smith and this match saw the end of the 143 match MS Dhoni captaincy streak in IPL. Mumbai came to Pune for the Maharashtra Derby and the match was an exciting one.
Smith won the toss and put Mumbai to bat. Still 17 year old looking Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler took center stage and got Mumbai going with 45 runs in four and a half overs. But then, Smith used his trump card in Imran Tahir and he demolished the Mumbai top order with quick wickets of Parthiv Patel, Jos Buttler and Rohit Sharma. Rajat Bhatia took care of Krunal Pandya and Ambati Rayudu and Mumbai was tottering at 107/5.
When it was looking like Mumbai will barely reach 150, Kieron Pollard (27 off 17 balls) and Hardik Pandya (35 off 15 balls) took Mumbai to 184/8. The main culprit for Pune was Ashoke Dinda, who had a woeful night, as two catches were dropped on his bowling and his last over went for a massive 30 runs.
Pune’s run chase was brisk thanks to Ajinkya Rahane, though Mayank Agarwal was dismissed for just 6. But Rahane and Captain Steve Smith added 58 runs for 2nd wicket. Smith steered the chase after Rahane fell for a brilliant 60 runs off 34 balls and took Pune home with a well made 84* off 54 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes.
Mumbai Indians really missed a proper second spinner, as they had dropped Harbhajan Singh in favor of an extra batsman and were unable to pick wickets in the middle of the innings.